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Members of United Auto Workers Local 1112 are more skeptical than optimistic after the announcement Wednesday that General Motors is in talks to sell its Lordstown plant to Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group, an upstart maker of electric trucks.

Many are shocked the company would rather sell the plant than assign a new GM vehicle to be built in Lordstown.

Downtown Mount Vernon
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Business groups are blasting the Ohio House version of the budget for a change it makes to a controversial tax deduction – the one that allows many small businesses to take the first $250,000 of their income tax-free.

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In a significant escalation of rhetoric, senior Trump administration officials accused Beijing of reneging on commitments it had already made in its on-going trade dispute with China, and they said they plan to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25% starting on Friday.

Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati is one of three major breweries in Ohio boosting the state's craft beer production.
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A trade group says Ohio is producing more craft beer than all but three other states as its number of craft breweries nears 300.

AC Hotel is one of the cornerstones of the Bridge Park development in Dublin.
Cory Klein

An ambitious redesign of Dublin is transforming the city from suburban sprawl to urban chic. The Bridge Street District, encompassing an 1,100-acre area around the Scioto River, will boast more than 400 apartments and condominiums along with a mix of office space, retail and restaurants.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted at the Opportunity Zones Showcase in Columbus, where he unveiled the marketing platform for opportunity zones to share details on places and projects available for investment.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio has launched a new portal for its 320 “Opportunity Zones,” intended to help economically distressed communities to showcase projects for potential investors.

One weekend in February, Justin Kelley, 33, made the biggest financial commitment of his life: He paid a friend to start custom-building an airboat. He had dreamed of owning one since an early age.

"That's my level playing ground. It's my freedom," Kelley says. Onshore, he uses a walker to get around and a wheelchair at work, because he has cerebral palsy. But on an airboat on a Florida lake? "To me it's the one place that, when I'm in that seat, you don't see that walker. You don't see the chair. ... It's my escape. It's my happy place."

Online retail giant Amazon is hosting employment information sessions across the Miami Valley this week. The first was held Monday morning in Wilmington, where Amazon officials say they’re looking to hire hundreds of new workers at the company's new facility at Wilmington Air Park.

The jobs sorting packages and moving cargo are expected to start at $15 an hour -- a prospect that had attracted more than two dozen job seekers by 8 a.m. 

The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A month after the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at GM’s Lordstown plant, some laid off workers are moving away and businesses in the Mahoning Valley are feeling the effects.

During his campaign for governor, Mike DeWine said he supports JobsOhio as a non-profit job creating entity, but he wants it to be more transparent. Now he’s deciding how to make that happen.

The Prospects Of Going Cashless

Apr 12, 2019
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China, Sweden and now England lead the global push towards a cashless society. The United States, on the other hand, is putting on the brakes. 

A law requiring most businesses to accept cash payments, signed into action by Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney late last February, will make the city the first to largely ban cashless stores in the United States.  

Today on All Sides, where the nation stands when it comes to going cashless.  

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